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BMO and Its Employees Set Records in 2011 Employee Giving Campaign

- Over $19.1 million for local United Ways and other charities across North America

- Over 70 per cent of employees participated in campaign, through donations in addition to volunteering their time at hundreds of community charities

TORONTO, ONTARIO and CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--(Marketwire - Jan. 26, 2012) - The 2011 BMO Employee Giving Campaign set new records for donations, pledges and participation, with BMO and its employees directing over $19.1 million to local United Ways and other charities across North America with the participation of nearly 35,000 employees. Further, BMO employees volunteered at hundreds of charities in communities across Canada and the U.S.

"BMO employees across North America capped off 2011 with a collective act of kindness," said Bill Downe, President and CEO of BMO Financial Group. "More than 70 per cent of employees participated in the bank's annual giving campaign last month. This kind of generosity is moving - and it's powerful. It is inspiring to work in an organization where people show this level of commitment."

For more than 194 years, BMO Financial Group has believed in community reinvestment and corporate and social responsibility in the communities it serves. In 2011, BMO contributed more than $66.4 million in donations, sponsorships and events in Canada and the United States to groups, organizations and programs that help build and sustain resilient, vital and healthy communities.

For further information:
Media Contacts:
Peter Scott, Toronto
(416) 867-3996

Ronald Monet, Montreal
(514) 877-1873

Laurie Grant, Vancouver
(604) 665-7596

Jim Kappel, Chicago
(312) 461-2478

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